Barcelona vs Real Madrid: Line-ups
Tough To Call
Last season’s La Liga Clasico at Camp Nou ended in a goalless draw, but Madrid ran out 2-0 winners at the Bernabeu back in March. The title will not be won or lost this weekend, but there is simply no downplaying the importance of the contest as both sides look to respond to disappointing results last time out.
Interestingly, Madrid’s victory in the last Clasico was the first time that they had beaten Barca in the league since April 2016. Both clubs have suffered hugely with the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak but games between two of the biggest clubs in world football are always special.
Samuel Umtiti is again expected to be absent with ongoing knee issues, but Jordi Alba could be back in the XI, having trained with his teammates on Thursday as he looks to overcome a hamstring problem.
As for the visitors, Hazard, Dani Carvajal and Martin Odegaard are definitely unavailable through injury, while Mariano Diaz and Alvaro Odriozola are unlikely to be fit for the contest.
A case can be made for either to pick up all three points, and Barca were impressive in the Champions League during the week. Koeman’s side are still working their way into the new campaign, though, and we are expecting a tight and cagey affair to eventually finish 1-1, which would not be the worst result for either manager.